Over the years Seth Rogen and James Franco have took on Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, dangerous drug lords in Pineapple Express, and their own egos in This is the End. Now the pair are back to conquer North Korea of all places.
Instead of taking on Kim Jong-il the bromantic couple are taking down Kim Jong-un. For those who aren’t aware Jong-un is the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea who succeeded his father Kim Jong-il. In their new film The Interview, Rogen, is co-starring with buddy James Franco. Instead of playing on their own selves, Franco will play a Ryan Seacrest-esque entertainment journalist while Rogen is his trusty producer.
In the film the pair are sent to North Korea to interview their show’s most avid watcher, which just so happens to be Kim Jong-un. The film (and trailer) really kick off when the two are contacted by the CIA to kill Kim, which makes the duo the unlikeliest and under qualified assassins alive.
Seth Rogen wrote and directed the film with production partner Evan Goldberg. While this film might receive a lot of flack due to its controversial plot considering the United States aren’t the best of friends with North Korea, Rogen told Yahoo Movies that the origin’s premise is legitimate:
“People have the hypothetical discussion about how journalists have access to the world’s most dangerous people, and they hypothetically would be in a good situation to assassinate them.”
For The Interview Rogen and Franco filmed the comedy in Vancouver, but a little Hollywood magic makes it look like they actually filmed in North Korea.
Interesting enough Seth Rogen admitted that originally The Interview centered around former leader Kim Jong-il, but when the dictator passed away in 2011 Rogen and Goldberg reworked the script so it was focused on his son Kim Jong-un.
According to Rogen the minor plot change “actually worked much better, because he’s closer to our age, and it made it easier to forge a relationship between his character and our characters.”
Originally and unsurprisingly The Interview’s studio Columbia weren’t too keen on giving Rogen permission to stage a film around North Korea, as Kim Jong-un is known to be an unpleasant individual. Fortunately, after the success of This Is the End, which Columbia was also leery about, Rogen had pull in this area.
“Now we can tell them, ‘The thing that you guys are the most afraid of is always the thing that people like the most about the movie.’ At this point, it almost is discomforting if there’s nothing about the movie that they’re desperately trying to get us to change.”
Check out the trailer for The Interview below:
The Interview hits theaters October 10, 2014.